A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Schuyler, Nebraska, to pray and offer a blessing at a very special ceremony. On July 19th was held the groundbreaking for the Habitat for Humanity house being built with family partner, and soon to be homeowner, Yessica Marino.
Many times I pray spontaneously, and my sending forth blessing was spontaneous and celebratory! But for the main prayer of this special occasion … in order to capture the fullness of its significance … I wrote my prayer.
After the groundbreaking ceremony, I read the prayer again and recognized that, except for a couple of specific references and changes in tense, it could be a pastoral prayer offered during worship. To be clear, some phrasing was suggested by Habitat for Humanity, but those who know me will hear my phrasing, my voice, as well.
Gracious and loving God, Creator of All, Giver of all that is good,
You have linked our lives so that all we do affects one another. You have caused people of faith to ask you, O God, “How can we help? What would you have us do?”
And you, O God, cast your vision.
And you, O God, brought people together.
And you, O God, guided your people in your good work.
Continue to guide the good work that will be done in this place.
Strengthen our efforts to build adequate and affordable homes.
To blot out ignorance and prejudice.
To bring community together.
To bring hope to all who see this work, your good work.
In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit,
May it be so.
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat
Pastor Pat Norris
Something to Ponder is by Pastor Pat and is printed on the back of the bulletin each week.